IND v ENG 1st Test Day 4: Visitors Set a Target of 420 Runs
It is all coming down to the wire here in Chennai as visitors England set India a target of 420 runs to win the first test.
It was an action-packed fourth day in the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium which saw India all out for 337, England bat the second innings before being bowled out for 178, and of course, the hosts starting their chase.
England Look in Control
After putting up a gigantic 578 runs on the board in the first innings, the visitors looked confident when they took the field to bowl.
Bolstered by the likes of Dom Bess, James Anderson, and Jofra Archer, the English cricket team managed to restrict the Men in Blue at 337 runs by Monday noon.
For India (7.70 with 10CRIC), Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Washington Sundar played brilliant, half-century innings to help put up those many runs.
Instead of opting for the follow-on, England (2.25 with 22Bet) decided to bat again, this time with a lead of 241 runs.
In the few odd hours they batted, they added only 178 runs with Joe Root and Ollie Pope being the leading batsmen for the Poms.
Nonetheless, they were in lead by 419 runs when their innings came to an end, giving India a Herculean task to accomplish.
Rohit Falls in Early Chase
When India came to bat in the second and final innings, the boys started batting with a sense of urgency.
At the end of the 5th over, India were 25-0, with Rohit Sharma batting as if it’s an ODI match.
But in the 6th over, he fell victim to a brilliant delivery by Jack Leach, giving some more control to the Poms.
The day ended with India at 39/1, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubam Gill at the crease.
India need another 381 runs to win in 90 overs. It is not an impossible ask, given the way the boys pulled up the stunning win in Australia a few weeks ago.
But the question is, will they push for a draw or for the win?
The opening hours tomorrow should help us decide this a winner for the 1st Test between England and India.